Should You Work Out When Your Sick?

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When you feel like crap most likely you blow off your workout… At least that’s what I do. Then you have the die hards who wouldn’t dare miss and day and say, “suck it up and sweat it out!”

So should you workout when you’re sick? That really all depends on your symptoms. Fitness guru Charli Cohen has these guidelines to follow when you’re sick.

If you have ‘above the neck’ symptoms like a headache, runny nose, sore throat but you don’t have a fever, then you can work out as planned, just notch the intensity down from high to moderate. As soon as these symptoms disappear, you can resume high intensity training.

If you have ‘below the neck’ symptoms, muscle aches (non workout-related!), a chesty cough, swollen lymph glands, vomiting, diarrhoea, extreme tiredness, then either rest, or keep workout intensity low. You can increase to moderate intensity once the symptoms start to subside, but give it a good two weeks before increasing back up to high intensity workouts.

Do NOT exercise if you have a fever and don’t hit the gym while you’re still contagious. Also don’t give up exercise all together. Use this down time when you’re not feeling well to do yoga, stretching, talk a light walk.

When you start to feel better don’t push yourself and try to make up for lost time. Gradually work your way back up to your usual training intensity.

Here’s to being healthy!

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